Water Conservation Los Banos CA

Everyone wants a healthy lawn, but watering the grass can use a significant amount of water. Instead of waiting until the afternoon, water during the early morning.

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Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource and should be treated as such. But most of us have no idea how much water we waste on a daily basis. NSF International, a nonprofit that provides product certification and education, says that one leaky toilet in a house can waste up to 500 gallons of water a day.

The good news is that by changing our habits even slightly, we can cut back significantly on the amount of water we waste.

Here are 15 easy steps everyone can take to conserve:

1. Everyone wants a healthy lawn, but watering the grass can use a significant amount of water. Instead of waiting until the afternoon, water during the early morning. There will be less evaporation because temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

2. Repair all leaks quickly. Leaky faucets and toilets can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day.

3. When doing laundry, wait until you have a full load before doing the wash. You’ll waste far more water by running several smaller loads throughout the day.

4. Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling a standard bathtub can take 40 to 50 gallons of water.

5. When shaving or brushing your teeth, keep the faucet sink off.

6. Before loading the dirty dinner dishes into the dishwasher, scrape leftover food off instead of rinsing them in the sink. Also, make sure to only run your dishwasher when it is full.

7. Replace your old showerheads with new low-flow versions. The newer showerheads can save up to 2.5 gallons of water a minute.

8. Keep a container of cold water chilling in the refrigerator. This way, you don’t have to keep the kitchen faucet running until the water turns cold.

9. Use a layer of organic mulch around your outdoor plants. You’ll cut down on the need for watering by reducing evaporation.

10. Do not use your hose to wash yard waste or other debris off your driveway or sidewalks. Use a broom instead.

11. Don’t water all your flowers or shrubs equally. Many yard plants require little water. Only water those plants that need it.

12. Buy a front-loading washing machine. These consume far less water than top-loading versions.

13. Remember, your toilet is not a trash can. Using your toilet to dispose of used facial tissues can result in the loss of five to seven gallons of water for every flush.

14. If you insulate your water pipes with foam insulation, it will take less time to get hot water to your shower.

15. Shortening your showers can result in significant water savings. It is estimated that a four-minute shower uses 20 to 40 gallons of water.

SOURCES: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NSF International

 

author: Dan Rafter